This morning was absolutely beautiful. The calm before the storm I suppose, as Abigail is on her way and it’s not exactly clear how close she’ll come to us here.
I decided to make the most of it, and walked Maggie down to the bank to put some credit on my mobile phone and also to give her a walk along the lock for a change.
Being relatively early (just gone 8am), the town was beginning to wake up, traffic getting busier and the occasional shop was already open.
The ducks along the river are noisier than those here on the marina, one of which was hollering rather than quacking. It made me wonder if there could be such a thing as a duck choir, after all, they all have different pitches of quack, and if properly trained, I’m sure could produce quite significant harmonies and melodies.
The smell of log burners hung in the air as there are several moorings along the river by the lock, some private and some council owned. There are no showers or elsan (chemical toilet disposal) points, but there is a water tap on the opposite side close to the lock entrance, and we believe that the marina allows use of its facilities for a small fee.
I was hungry, so thought I’d treat myself to a bacon roll and coffee. Mentioning the word Breakfast, Maggie was all ears and wagginess, and knew exactly where to go. She waited patiently for me in the doorway, totally ignoring everyone passing, even two couples with dogs, as if knowing that if she behaved, she would get some. Of course she did, almost half my roll and a little bit of coffee, much to the amusement of those who aren’t familiar with seeing us sitting on the bench outside the bakers.
We made our way home, but because it was so nice, I walked her round the Avenue as well.
What a difference houses make!
It’s bin collection today, and the stench of the refuse bins was almost overpowering. It was a musty decomposing compost smell, not at all pleasant on the nostrils (or stomach) compared to the musky woody aroma of the boat heaters.
In Lincolnshire, they introduced a £25 charge for green bin collection last year. We didn’t join in the scheme, took the relevant bin down to the tip to empty it and left it in the garage for our buyers.
Apparently, last year a similar charge was introduced here too. This year it has doubled to £50.
Makes us kind of glad we live on a boat now (no garden)!
i’ve always liked the idea of living on a boat…and long boats look so cool
Ours is a 41 foot narrow boat and we like it. We don’t have a log burner though, but do have central heating and are quite cosy. As she’s only 2 years old, she is also fully insulated, though we are surprised that windows on boats are rarely double glazed. Guess we lived in a house too long!
i mean canal boats…
No probs, some of the canal boats are much bigger than us at 60 or even 70 feet!
Hi Di – Please be careful re coffee and Maggie:
Yes, I remembered, which is why she only has the occasional slurp now. I’ve also had to ignore the pleading look for a bit of bun or fishcake or pizza, as it seems to upset her stomach. I make up for it with doggy treats and cheese, all in moderation and lots of fuss. When reading up on natural remedies for calming pets anxiety in times of fireworks and thunder, apparently some products contain the same enzymes you find in cheese. Thanks for the link.
Hope Abigail misses you completely. Stay safe and warm.
Thanks. It’s beginning to get windy, but we’ve checked our ropes and we’re tight and secure.
I’ve grown up around boats, but only going out for a week at a time and then leaving it in the harbor. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to live on a houseboat but everyone in my family thinks I’m crazy for it. How did you decide to make that move?
It was more or less thrust upon us as we got priced out of the property market and buying the boat was the best option. We’ve been liveaboards for over a year now, and to be honest, it’s not a bad life for us, just different.
If you haven’t read this post yet, it gives you an idea
as does this one
I know you like the ducks, I saw some funny looking ones out on a walk yesterday. You ever see any like these around over there?
Trying to comment on your post but having a few problems loading. Some of your ducks are similar to the male mallards here. The tufty one could be a hybrid.